2/28/2006

Microsoft Confirms Work On New Handheld Device

Filed under: — By Aviran Mordo @ 9:00 am

The company will update its ‘Origami Project’ site later this week with more details, but it’s still a ways off from product availability.

Microsoft Corp. on Monday confirmed that it is working with manufacturers on the concept for a new personalized handheld device under the name Origami Project.

News of the device started circulating on the Web after Microsoft put up a cryptic Web site that hinted at a Thursday announcement, but gave no details. The site generated so much buzz among bloggers that a Microsoft technical evangelist on Monday tried to temper expectations that the company was ready to release a product.

Soon after discovery of the Origami Project Web site, a video apparently of the device started circulating the Internet. The video, which was found on the site of production firm Digital Kitchen, shows people using a handheld computer with a touch screen that’s being used to watch video, access the Web, send pictures and instant messages and play videogames. The machine appears to have a wireless connection.

“While Origami is a concept we’ve been working on with partners, please know that the video seen on Digital Kitchen’s web site is a year old and represents our initial exploration into this form factor, including possible uses and scenarios,” Microsoft said in an emailed statement. “However, we are excited to share more details about the evolution of the Origami concept with you in the coming weeks, so stay tuned!”

Source: InformationWeek

 

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